In California, only 35% of children
in foster care are placed with relatives & we must do better.
What is Family Finding?
We conduct an exhaustive search for relatives and other people close to the child in foster care (i.e. godparents, family friends, etc.). The goal is to link children to important people in their life so they can live with someone they know, rather than a foster family who is unknown to them. We strive to establish ongoing connections between the child and known adults, regardless of whether they will be placed with them or not.
Here’s Why Family Finding is so Important
Our Family Finders build upon a child's natural support network to increase the likelihood that their connections to siblings and extended family are not severed when they enter foster care. This is important because studies show that children who are placed with relatives experience less trauma and have fewer moves, and siblings are more likely to be able to stay together when they are placed with a relative.
Impact on the community:
- Families are strengthened
- Youth have family support to finish high school and pursue college or a vocation
- Family connections help reduce teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, delinquency and homelessness.
Family finding service locations:
- Sacramento County
- El Dorado County
- Placer County
- San Joaquin County
- Shasta County